Texas: Mother Sentenced On Felony Drug Delivery Charges For Smoking Pot While Pregnant

Amarillo, Texas: A judge last week sentenced a mother on felony charges of “delivering marijuana to a minor” after she admitted that she had occasionally smoked marijuana to combat symptoms associated with morning sickness. The mother is the first woman to be prosecuted under the law for smoking pot while pregnant, according to a news report in the Amarillo-Globe News.

The defendant, Alma Baker, 35, had recently given birth to twins, both of whom tested positive for the presence of marijuana after they were born.

Delivery of a controlled substance to a minor is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison. Baker was sentenced Friday to five years of deferred adjudication and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. She could be ordered to serve the full jail term if she does not complete community supervision, the Amarillo-Globe News reported.

According to a 1997 scientific review authored by John P. Morgan and Lynn Zimmer, “Studies of newborns, infants, and children show no consistent physical, developmental, or cognitive defects related to prenatal marijuana exposure.”

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